February 6, 2011

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

Welcome today to Bishop Mark Sisk, our Diocesan Bishop and our preacher and celebrant this morning. Also, welcome to Mrs. Karen Sisk and the Rev. Canon Andrew Dietsche. Great blessings and congratulations to those confirmed and received today: Marsha Williams, Lillian Spann, Lisa Slocum, Joyce McNeil, Melissa Nieves, Linda Struble and April Jackson. May God bless you this day and always. All are invited to a reception with Bishop Sisk in the Undercroft following the service.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first Sunday each month.  We need volunteers  today to help us make the lunches for the service.  Also: St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let us know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

The Property Committee will meet Tuesday, February 8th at 5:30 pm.

Next Sunday, Feb. 13th, St. Mary’s Annual Poetry Sunday. We will also participate in “Faith Shared” a project of the Interfaith Alliance. Ms. Naja Muhammad of the New York Intern Program will read a portion of the Quran during the 10:00 am service.

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee will meet next Sunday, February 13th following the 10:00 am service. Ms. Glenda White is the presenter and all women are invited to attend.

The Vestry will meet Thursday, February 17th at 6:00 pm. All are invited to attend.

Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for the fellowship, the popcorn and the FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help. Thanks!!   Black History Month: Feb. 11: “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed” Feb. 18: “Do the Right Thing” Feb. 25: “Lilies of the Field”

Update the design of the St. Mary’s Website: We are blessed by a talented team of volunteers who maintain St. Mary’s website and Facebook pages, lead by Dorothy Ross and Lisa Slocum. There were over 6,000 visitors to the website in 2010 and we have almost 100 “Friends” on the Facebook page. This is a new and important “Front Door” for St. Mary’s Church. If you would like to help give your advice about what should be on the website, please talk with Dorothy, Lisa or Rev. Kooperkamp. You don’t even have to know about computers to help! Thank you!!

Black History Month events:

St. Mary’s Annual “Poetry Sunday” February 13th at 8:00 am and 10:00 am: bring your favorite            poem or a poem you wrote to celebrate Black History Month.

All Harlem Episcopal Service, February 27th at 11:00 am: Location: Church of the Intercession, 550 West 155th St. Please note: NO 10:00 am service at St. Mary’s

Music at St. Mary’s: Feb. 27th, 3:00 pm “Black History Month Concert” The Harlem Chamber       Players and special guests in concert at St. Mary’s. Tell your friends and family!!

“Masked Ball” March 5, 2011, an elegant celebration of our life together before Lent – a little Carnival, a little fun, some food and dancing!! What a combination. Mark your calendars!!

St. Mary’s “Annual Parish Meeting” will take place on Sunday, March 13th, The First Sunday of Lent, following the 10:00 am service. We will adopt a Parish Budget for 2011, elect a new Warden and Vestry members and hear reports about the ministries of our parish.

Preaching Schedule: Feb. 13th: Rev. Kooperkamp will preach at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in the Bowery; Feb. 20th: Ms. Joya Colon, NYTS Seminarian will be our preacher.

 

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